Tuesday, December 12, 2017

FINALISTS: piano performance (solo), 2017-18



The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST pianists for 2017-18 in the SOLO division. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when winners will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

It is a particularly exciting competition this year: very strong performances of some standard (and not so standard) repertoire. Bravi, tutti.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.


The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—professional division, 2017-18

Kris Carlisle   Rome GA

Jiwon Choi   Maryville MO

Mirna Lekic   Bayside NY

Qyunh Nguyen   New York NY

Roberto Plano   Holliston MA

Gabriel Quenneville-Belair   Minneapolis MN

Tomasz Robak   Baltimore MD

Michael Seregow   Pullman WA


The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—college/university division, 2017-18

Chia-Ying Chan   Urbana IL

Gabrielle Chou   Pembroke Pines FL  

Mimi Chun   East Lansing MI  

Ge Gao   Los Angeles CA  

William Hume   Rochester NY  

Yuan Jiang   Tempe AZ  

Mikhail Maurice Johnson   Bowling Green OH 

Ekaterina Paniukova   Lubbock TX  

Hyuna Park   Cincinnati OH  

Natasha Stojanovska   Chicago IL  

Nicholas Susi   Saint Louis MO   

John Wilson   Miami Beach FL  


The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)
—high school division, 2017-18

 
All semi-finalists in the high school division were advanced. The level of artistry was high and The American Prize feels that each contestant listed below is worthy of the encouragement (and evaluation) finalist selection provides. Congratulations!

Megan Auyeung   Los Gatos CA  

Yuqing Liu   Sugar Land TX  

Avik Sarkar   Chestnut Hill MA  

Victor Shlyakhtenko   Los Angeles CA

Jarrett Mitsuhiro Takaki   Willmette IL  

Xiaoping Wang, Jr.   Highland Park IL  

Barbara Xiong   Brentwood TN 

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Finalists are encouraged to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media and by including a link to this announcement on your website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a FINALIST in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing WINNERS in my division soon. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all finalists!




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—instrumental chamber music, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce a grand list of 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST composers of instrumental chamber music, in both professional and student divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

The American Prize in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (professional division), 2017-18

Mark Ackerley   Oakland CA
    "For Viola" for solo viola

Aaron Alter   Carlsbad CA
    Introspective Blues #1, Homage to Josquin

David Avshalomov   Santa Monica CA
    Trotzky's Train

Bruce Babcock   Pasadena CA
    Imagined/Remembered

Jay C. Batzner   Mt. Pleasant MI
    Two Slow Movements

Bjorn Berkhout   Forest Hills NY
    Séance

Steven R. Bernstein   West Hills CA
    "Suite 16" for 2 violins

Michael Boyd  Wilkins Township PA
    I Wouldn't Eat the Strawberries

Meredith Brammeier   San Luis Obispo CA
    Sonata for Horn and Piano

Harry Bulow   West Lafayette IN
    Sonata for Piano

Gustavo Casenave   Astoria NY
    Sol Negro

Rodrigo Bussad Cesar   Chicago IL
    Vermilion; Khaos

Timothy P. Chatwood   Carson City NV
    Midnight- The Second Noon

Brian Ciach   Mountain View CA
    Fourth Sonata for piano

Shawn Crouch   Miami Beach FL
    Lew Beach

Ethan Cypress   Oneonta NY
    Fickle Tone Zones

Joel Scott Davis   Hoover AL
    String Quartet No.1: Vespers

Dante De Silva   Tarzana CA
    WAKE THE DEAD

Cyril Deaconoff   Oakland CA
    Joys of Lights and Reflection

Nancy Bloomer Deussen   Mountain View CA
    Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, The Pegasus Suite

Paul Elwood   Greeley CO
    Emissions Transparent

David Faleris   Annapolis MD
    A Martyred Village

Gregory Fritze   Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Uluru; Prelude and Dance

Robert Gans   Falmouth ME
    A DISTANT SHORE: A Musical Narrative for Piano in 5 Episodes

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick   Newton MA
    Imagined Memories

Milton Granger   Nutley NJ
    Sextet for piano and windquintet

Milton Granger   Nutley NJ
    Trio for piano, violin, cello in 3 movements, 1. Aubade. 2.Gigue. 3. Chanson

Jocelyn Hagen   Plymouth MN
    Test Pilot Suite

Douglas Hedwig   Chattanooga TN
    "A Certain Slant of Light"

Harlan Hodges   Glendale CA
    Six Poems ; Three American Etudes

Ching-chu Hu   Newark OH
    The Swash of Water and Red

Andrea La Rose   Praha 6 Czech Republic
    what presents itself (2017)

Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
    Towers of Power: Chamber Symphony No. 4

Mel Mobley   Monroe LA
    Tributaries

Rebecca Oswald   Beaverton OR
    "My Blue Ocean, Your Eyes","To Solace My Heart","The Gentle Rain of Your Pure Love","The
Whisper of the Meaning","A Complete Life in Our Hands"

David R. Peoples   Buford GA
    Sonata "Riding Crepuscular Rays"

Bryan Anthony Percoco   Newark OH
    Summation-Vectors

Jakub Polaczyk   Astoria NY
    Tamburion

Clement Reid   Lakewood WA
    Robeson Overture, Theater Piece #1

Phil Salathe   Potsdam NY
    Three Street Pieces

Yitzhak Santis   1996000 Israel
    Elation

David P. Sartor   Hermitage TN
    Sonata for Trumpet and Piano

Peter Scartabello   Wickford RI
    Threshold for 5 Bb clarinets

Richard Silverman   Brooklyn NY
    String Quartet #7 "Elegy"

Tony Solitro   Philadelphia PA
    Shadow Confrontations

Greg A. Steinke   Depoe Bay OR
    From Songs of the Fire Circles

Ann Stimson   Weston MA
    Caracas for solo piano

Jorge Variego   Knoxville TN
    Crippled tango

William F. Vollinger   Woodcliff Lake NJ
    Dreams Before You Awake

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    Goethe's Revenge; Lenten Hope; Resurrection Dances; Fugeata

Charles Zoll Tempe AZ
    I REMEMBER SUMMER



The American Prize in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (student division), 2017-18

M.O. Abbott   Urbana IL
    Ascension Tube

Olga Amelkina-Vera   Plano TX
    Submerged Worlds

Tom Bar   Boston MA
    Thus the Past Buries its Dreams, The Prophetic Bird's Prophecy, The Pied Pier of Hamelin's Song, And I Will Be the Last One Laughing

Jacob Beranek   Oconomowoc WI
    Sonata for Violin and Piano

Shelby Rawlings Blalock   Charlottesville VA
    Agitato, Precarious, Fuse

Tyler Bouque   Troy MI
    Persian Dance, On the Blue Line, Samba de las Olimpadus

James Budinich   Northport NY
    Nothing Gold Can Stay

Zachary Gulaboff Davis   Salem OR
    Sonata for two pianos

Jonathan Embry   Fulton NY
    Passacaglia in F Minor, Op. 4, Solo Organ

Neal Endicott   Laingsburg MI
    "Against the Dying of the Light"

Kyle Franklin   Boston MA
    V Tableau

Joseph R. Gessler   Hendersonville NC
    Angels After Midnight

Paul Hwang   Palisades Park NJ
    In Nomine a 4; Music for Percussion; Short and Bittersweet

Dana Kaufman   Miami FL
    Peaporutus (Concussion)

Christopher Lowry   Antioch TN
    "Suite for Violin and Piano, Opus 5"

John Nydam   Wellesley MA
    Expanse

Zachary Ploeger   Pipestone MN
    Concert Piece

Heather Pryse   Charlottesville VA
    Opaque Figures

Victor Shlyakhtenko   Los Angeles CA
    Animated Ominosity

Kyle Simpson   Washington PA
    Beijing Impressions

Brandon Thibodeau   Holt MO
    Kaleidoscope

Chelsea Williamson   Norman OK
    Silhouettes

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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division soon. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.




Friday, December 1, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—vocal chamber music, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive list of 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST composers of vocal chamber music, in professional and student divisions. Congratulations!

"Stunning displays of talent and creativity in a large field."

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

The American Prize in Composition—Vocal Chamber Music (professional division)

William Ashworth   Medford OR
    The Silver Apples of the Moon

David Avshalomov   Santa Monica CA
    TWO APOCALYPTIC SONGS (Ozymandias, The Ceremony of Innocence

Bruce Babcock   Pasadena CA
    THIS IS WHAT I KNOW- 4 songs on poems of Dorothy Parker

Jay C. Batzner   Mt. Pleasant MI
    Sufi Songs

John Beall   Morgantown WV
    New Testament Songs, 1. TheWord, 2.If Then We Have BeenRaised, 3. Let Us Love One Another, 4.The Holy City 5.If God Is On Our Side

Samuel Beebe   Brooklyn NY
    The Woods

Jennifer Bellor   Las Vegas NV
    Songs in the Dark

Curtis Bryant   Union City GA
    THE LAUGHING MONKEYS OF GRAVITY

Oliver Caplan   Medford MA
    Connect All. We All Connect.

Jerry Casey   Naples FL
    O, Death, Rock Me Asleep

Nancy Bloomer Deussen   Mountain View CA
    The World is a Butterfly's Wing

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick   Newton MA
    Kollwitz-Konnex (… im Frieden seiner Hande)

Ellen Ruth Harrison   Cincinnati OH
    All One Can Imagine

Timothy Lee Miller   Mahwah NJ
    Three Poems of Henry W. Longfellow

Michael Murray   Springfield MO
    Three Donne Songs

Craig Thomas Naylor   Kalispell MT
    our voices, for now, sustained

Eugene O'Brien   Bloomington IN
    ALGEBRA OF NIGHT

Denice Rippentrop   Scottsdale AZ
    If at the Moment, If I Wonder, If I Feel Injured, If There Be Any Reserve

Scott Robbins   Spartanburg SC
    Blue Ridge A Cappella

Adam Schumaker   Portage MI
    The Best Thing Ever

Moshe Shulman   Buffalo NY
    Song of Songs

Tony Solitro   Philadelphia PA
    More Beautiful Than Night

Greg A. Steinke   Depoe Bay OR
    Random Blackouts I

Ingrid Stolzel   Lawrence KS
    Soul Journey - Three Whitman Songs

Reginald Unterseher   Kennewick WA
    Here, Bullet, a cycle of songs

William Vollinger   Woodcliff Lake NJ
    Acts of Kindness

David von Kampen   Lincoln NE
    UNDER THE SILVER AND HOME AGAIN

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    Songs of Ascents, Final Praise


The American Prize in Composition—Chamber Music (student division)

M.O. Abbott   Urbana IL
    Transistor

Olga Amelkina-Vera   Plano TX
    Emily's Garden

Hans Bridger Heruth   Columbia MO
    To Decipher the Art

Jihyun Kim   Houston TX
    Gorilla

Michael Lanci   Saratoga Springs NY
    Songs For Joe Hill

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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division soon. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.